Seven Industry Legends to Be Inducted Into the Advertising Hall of Fame®

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Advertising Federation (AAF) proudly announces the election of seven industry luminaries into the distinguished Advertising Hall of Fame.

  • Jack Avrett (1929–1997), co-chairman & co-founder, Avrett Free Ginsberg, passionate defender of advertising who helped create Advertising Week and the Advertising Hall of Achievement.
  • Charlotte Beers, past chairman, JWT, past chairman & CEO, Ogilvy & Mather, and under secretary of state, public diplomacy, inspirational advertising leader who paved the way for women in advertising by heading two of the industry’s largest agencies and chairing the AAAA.
  • Chuck Fruit (1947–2008), former CMO, the Coca-Cola Company, marketing legend and “king of the boardroom” who led Coca-Cola to a 50 percent market share through groundbreaking partnerships.
  • Clarence Holte (1909–1993), former head of special markets, BBDO New York, the first African-American executive on Madison Avenue whose studies of ethnic markets led to the development of the first-known ad campaign specifically targeted at African-Americans, helping to raise the awareness of minority media and its potential value to all major advertisers.
  • Don Logan, former chairman, media & communications group, Time Warner Inc., distinguished media executive who stewarded Time Inc. to unparalleled business and journalistic success while also championing the importance of pro bono advertising.
  • William “Bill” Sharp, former VP/advertising manager, Coca-Cola USA, former SVP & general manager, Burrell Advertising, and retired president & founder, Sharp Advertising, advertising pioneer who opened doors for African-Americans in the industry through mentoring and by spearheading the Basic Ad Course at J. Walter Thompson as well as serving as the first African-American VP/advertising manager at Coca-Cola.
  • Bob Wright, former chairman & CEO, NBC Universal & vice chairman, General Electric, co-founder, Autism Speaks, and senior advisor, Lee Equity Partners LLC, philanthropist and executive who transformed a television network into a global media powerhouse.

The recipients will be officially inducted into the prestigious Advertising Hall of Fame at an awards luncheon Thursday, March 26, 2009, at New York’s historic Waldorf=Astoria hotel.

“For over a century, the AAF has been the ‘Unifying Voice’ for the advertising industry," said Tim Love, vice chairman, Omnicom Group Inc., and chairman of the Advertising Hall of Fame Committee. "Our industry is renewed and rededicated with the induction of this year’s outstanding, diverse talents. Their example and stories help our industry continue to learn, and they underscore the valuable role advertising plays in business and society.”

James Edmund Datri, AAF president & CEO, added, “This year’s seven astonishing AAF Advertising Hall of Fame inductees are true trailblazers, representing the very best of every part of our industry.”

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The American Advertising Federation (AAF), headquartered in Washington, D.C., acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising." The AAF is the oldest national advertising trade association, representing 40,000 professionals in the advertising industry. The AAF has a national network of 200 ad clubs located in ad communities across the country. Through its 225 college chapters, the AAF provides 7,500 advertising students with real-world case studies and recruitment connections to corporate America. The AAF also has 130 blue-chip corporate members that are advertisers, agencies and media companies, comprising the nation's leading brands and corporations. For more information, visit the AAF's Web site at